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Please read the below, carefully, before beginning your application.
Your audition should display a full range of technical skill and interpretive ability. It is preferable to present works by a variety of composers. It is strongly recommended that selections be performed from memory with the exception of the contemporary work. All repeats must be omitted as should lengthy accompaniment passages.
- *One (1) movement of a suite by J.S. Bach.
- *The first movement of a sonata by Beethoven. (In Sonatas 1, 2 and 4 both Adagio and the Allegro movements must be played).
- *The first movement of a major concerto by a composer such as Bloch, Boccherini, Dvorak, Haydn, Lalo, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens or Schumann. (Applicants who choose to play Rococo Variations must play the entire work.)
- *One (1) major work from the 20th or 21st Century representing a contemporary style of composition that is appropriate for the concert stage.
- *All works requiring accompaniment must be performed and filmed with line accompaniment as the score requires.
- *Piano or harpsichord (if appropriate) are considered acceptable accompaniment instruments.
- *Pre-recorded accompaniment (i.e. Music Minus One ©) or acapella performances of works requiring accompaniment will be disqualified.
- *Only works originally composed for solo instruments (player alone) can be submitted without accompaniments
Guidelines for Recording Your Audition
- *Please submit a digital video audition in the order indicated above.
- *Both the visual and audio aspects of the performance are important.
- *Clarity and ambient quality of sound are important.
- *Use a good quality microphone and check for good balance and blend.
- *Do not make film edits within a piece.
- *Be sure the picture is clear and in focus.
- *If you are playing from memory, be sure there is no music on the stand.
- *Use a fixed point of view for your camera with the student auditioning being the main focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location.
- *The keyboard and hands must be visible on all keyboard submissions.
- *Do not pan, zoom, move the camera, or follow the musician.
- *Camera may be no closer than waist up.
- *No sound enhancements are allowed.
- *Do not submit pre-recorded live performances, such as recitals or concerts.
- *Do not place your name or any identifying information on or in your submissions.
- *Record each audition selection separately and upload it separately.
- *Each submitted selection should list the Title of the piece and the Composer on the media file.
- *Tone Production – the ability to achieve a quality of sound appropriate to the instrument and to the style of the music.
- *Technique – the degree to which the performer has acquired control of the instrument.
- *Rhythm – the ability to establish, maintain and project rhythms of a wide range of complexity.
- *Intonation – proper tuning of the instrument and in-tune playing.
- *Interpretation – the ability to project a convincing conception of the selection.
- *Phrasing – sensitivity to the need for phrasing and the ability to execute it.
Now that you have read the above, you may click here to apply.